For film fans, the best of the LOTR Locations in New Zealand are well worth visiting. Many of the LOTR filming locations are highly accessible, especially if you plan to drive around New Zealand. Wellington, for example, is particularly rich in easy-access LOTR filming locations. These include Harcourt Park which was where Gandalf and Saruman strolled and the Hutt River which became the River Anduin. Kaitoke Regional Park has a handy signpost to direct visitors to ‘Rivendell,’ the realm of the Elves.
LOTR filming locations are highly accessible, certainly for those intending to hire a car and drive around New Zealand on vacation
Put to epic battle a wizard or two and throw in a mix of man, Dwarves, Elves and Hobbits and you have a recipe for success. Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings was one of the highest grossing film trilogies of all time You also have, in short, the reason why a New Zealand vacation has suddenly become top of many people’s wish-list. LOTR fever has been somewhat reignited following the release of the more recent, Hobbit movies. The three LOTR screen giants and the series of The Hobbit movies came after each were filmed exclusively in New Zealand. The scenery through which LOTR locations can be seen first hand are stunning. Our film friends, Frodo, Aragorn and co are not just travelling in a make-belief Middle-earth but in New Zealand itself. That is good news for fans because it means everything from Edoras to Rivendell can all be visited.
New Zealand’s naturally beautiful countryside and mountainous vistas attracts thousands of visitors from around the world. LOTR fans want to experience the real Middle-earth first hand.
Stunning views of New Zealand as you drive through the countryside – ‘Home of Middle-earth’
When you visit Wellington, LOTR fans can pop along to the unforgetable Weta Cave and Workshop. It’s an experience all self-respecting LOTR fans will be familiar with. Additionally, Wellington is where much of the movie’s cast lived during filming. So who knows, you might even find yourself staying in the same hotels as Elijah Wood or Orlando Bloom!
The often wild and remote but always beautiful expanses of the South Island are also home to many filming locations. Take a drive while on vacation across the Crown Range Road to Mount Cardrona. A beautiful New Zealand driving route at any time, this road will also give you a view of several of the filming locations. The hills ahead of you are Dimrill Dale and in the far distance is Amon Hen. The river you will see was used to represent the River Anduin. The life-like Pillars of Argonath are sadly missing as they were computer generated.
New Zealand and her stunning natural wonders never fail to disappoint her visitors. For Lord of the Rings fans this amazing destination has now become number one on the vacation wish-list and nothing short of a Mecca. For further information and to book a classic LOTR locations self-drive tour, contact New Zealand Vacations. Prices start from USD1785 per person, based on two people travelling together. This includes car hire and accommodation for 7 nights.
South Island river used to represent the River Anduin although sadly missing the Pillars of Argonath which were computer generated
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